COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (April 23, 2018)
The journey to the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan starts next week for 10 USA Shooting athletes when they compete at the World Shooting Para Sport (WSPS) Championships May 1-12 in Cheongju, South Korea.
At the WSPS Championships, athletes will not only compete for World Championship glory, but it’s also the first opportunity for athletes to earn coveted Paralympic Games quotas. A quota is essentially the entry ticket necessary for a country to compete in the Olympic or Paralympic Games. An athlete can win only one quota for his/her country.
The USA Shooting Paralympic Team’s travel to the World Championships is critical to the program’s success and has been made possible due to a generous grant from The NRA Foundation of $30,600.
“With the grant we received, we will be able to fund these athletes travel to the World Championships,” said Platt. “We are so thankful for this support, but we are always in need of additional funding to better train and prepare for competition as well as fund future competitions.”
The USA Shooting Team for this World Championships will feature seven Paralympians, five athletes who competed in the 2014 World Championship and three who will make their World Championships debuts.
Leading the way will be 2016 Paralympic Games bronze medalist McKenna Dahl (Arlington, Washington), who was recently featured in the WSPS month-out leadup to the World Championships: https://www.paralympic.org/news/cheongju-2018-matured-mckenna-dahl-ready-worlds. Dahl will compete in her medal-winning event of R5 (Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2), as well as R4 (Mixed 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1), R5 Team and the newly-minted Paralympic event, R9 (Mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH2).
“I would like to see myself be more competitive in it and understand more